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A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery


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Robin Newman was a practicing attorney and legal editor but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. Her debut book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, earned a starred review from Kirkus. Robin lives in New York. Learn more at Deborah Zemke: Deborah Zemke is the author/illustrator of more than twenty children's books, including the popular Doodles at Dinner books and placemats. She is a frequent contributor of Critter Crackups to Ranger Rick magazine and the designer of the font ITC ZemkeHand. For more information, visit


A whodunit for newly independent readers with wordplay galore.Detective Wilcox and Capt. Griswold are two anthropomorphic mice on the crime beat at the farm. They are "Missing Food Investigators." The text that follows their story is broken up into some sections that emulate police logs and short chapters with narrative tex t and dialogue. Both parts, however, are laden with puns. "The poached egg" of the title is a stolen egg belonging to one Henrietta Hen. When she calls to report the crime Wilcox asks, "Did she fly the coop?" The MFIs interrogate various suspects about potential "fowl play" around the farm, including the loquacious Gabby Goose and Col. Peck, the rooster. Handwriting analysis and the thief's slip-up at an egg contest lead the rodent gumshoes to the culprit, a "rotten egg" indeed, by the end of the book. Cartoon illustrations bolster the humor of the text and will provide some context clues, though the layout is rather cluttered and the text is likely too complex in large, overwhelming text blocks for many new readers; kids readying themselves to move on to chapter books should find it a suitable challenge. A hard-boiled text for determined new readers in pursuit of wordplay. (Early reader. 7-8) * Kirkus Reviews *
Eggspect plenty of "fowl play" and a healthy dose of puns as another Wilcox and Griswold Mystery unfolds in Robin Newman's The Case of the Poached Egg, a Geronimo Stilton crime caper where two police mice follow the clues, interview suspects, and crack a few eggs and jokes along with the case, this time finding a ransomed egg named Penny. Adding to the merriment, Deborah Zemke's illustrations depict a comically expressive barnyard full of memorable characters. * Foreward Reviews *
Wilcox and Griswold have returned for their second hardboiled detective mystery, this time searching for a stolen egg. This well-conceived story is filled with funny full-color illustrations on each page and clever puns, which may go over the heads of younger readers, but are sure to delight older readers and make adults chuckle. When the detectives determine that the criminal writes with a distinctive letter 'e' and they begin collecting handwriting samples, the illustrations add another level of engagement, as readers join the detectives in searching for the backwards 'e.' . . an appealing early chapter book that is inviting for children who are moving up and reading on their own, as well as for adults who are reading it aloud. * ACL Book Reviews, BayViews *

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